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Specialty Coffee Blog

A blog where we share guides, tips & tricks, and the news of the coffee world. From how to make better brews, to what's going on in the industry and beyond...

Resting Coffee - How Long To Let Rest After Roasting? 31
Jan
Resting Coffee - How Long To Let Rest After Roasting?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

As coffee lovers we’re often told to choose coffee that is recently roasted, which is a great idea. However, it would be easy to follow that logic and conclude that that the fresher the coffee, the better it is but this is not necessarily true. Brewing coffee straight from the...

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What is RDT (Ross Droplet Technique) - Coffee Grinding Tips 03
Nov
What is RDT (Ross Droplet Technique) - Coffee Grinding Tips
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

What is RDT? The Ross Droplet Technique (RDT), once a niche addition to espresso brewing methods, is becoming increasingly popular among home baristas. But what is it, and how will it benefit you when making your daily caffeine fix? Given it’s impressive-sounding title, the Ross Droplet Technique could not be...

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8 Best Gifts For Espresso Lovers (Updated For 2023) 13
Oct
8 Best Gifts For Espresso Lovers (Updated For 2023)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you have an espresso lover in your life, you may feel disoriented when it comes to selecting the perfect gift for them. Espresso lovers are known for their attention to detail and specific tastes—qualities that make the coffee itself so delicious but can make gift-giving a challenge. Fear not!...

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4 Best Mods For The Fellow Ode 08
Oct
4 Best Mods For The Fellow Ode
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you're already a proud owner of the Fellow Ode, you'll know that it's an excellent brew grinder straight out of the box. However, coffee geeks understand that there's always room for improvement. Whether you want to improve retention or precision, here are four mods that can elevate your Fellow...

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Understanding Coffee Extraction By Taste 23
Aug
Understanding Coffee Extraction By Taste
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Coffee extraction, on the surface, is merely dissolving ground coffee in hot water. However, the journey to a great cup involves a delicate balance: water-to-coffee ratio, precision in the grind, roast quality, water temperature, and brewing time. Struggling to attain the perfect brew? This article delves into the core concepts of...

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Coffee Brewing Ratio - The Most Important Factor In A Great Brew 12
Aug
Coffee Brewing Ratio - The Most Important Factor In A Great Brew
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

When you start getting into specialty coffee, the biggest step you can take to improve flavour is to invest in a decent set of barista scales and start weighing your coffee. A lot of people think this is overkill, but it makes such a difference! Once you start thinking about...

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WDT Tools - A Guide & What You Need to Know 31
Jul
WDT Tools - A Guide & What You Need to Know
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

From a humble beginning as a suggestion in coffee forums, the WDT tool, or Weiss Distribution Technique, has now cemented its place in standard espresso brewing. Especially valuable for espresso newcomers or those finding it tough to achieve the perfect shot, a WDT tool could be your espresso savior. It's...

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How To Tamp Espresso - Can You Really Press Too Hard? 10
Jul
How To Tamp Espresso - Can You Really Press Too Hard?
0 commentPost by : Jess Palmer

If you own a home espresso machine, it’s obvious that you’re pretty serious about coffee. But knowing how to use that equipment to make the perfect cup of coffee is sometimes trickier than we first think. There are lots of pitfalls and bad habits even professional baristas encounter which can...

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Espresso Paper Filters Tested : Improving Your Extractions 12
Jun
Espresso Paper Filters Tested : Improving Your Extractions
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Some of you have asked us on Instagram why we put a paper filter on the bottom of the portafilter. I'll tell you how paper filters affect the flavor of espresso in this article. Hopefully, you gain insights to optimize your brewing process and achieve exceptional results in your quest...

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How To Improve Your Pour Over 07
Jun
How To Improve Your Pour Over
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Preparing coffee involves both science and art. Brewing the perfect cup is not a matter of luck but a careful balance of precision, knowledge, and technique. In this article, we discuss important principles that lay the foundation for making great coffee. Uniformity is Key You may have heard grind uniformity...

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Reducing Astringency & Dryness in Coffee 22
May
Reducing Astringency & Dryness in Coffee
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

In the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee, one of the most critical aspects that influences the taste is the management of astringency. In this article, we will delve into the heart of this topic, shedding light on the most effective techniques to control and reduce astringency, and ultimately...

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What Are Fines? - Understanding Coffee Particle Size 13
May
What Are Fines? - Understanding Coffee Particle Size
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you are starting to get interested in coffee extraction and grind size, you've probably heard the term fines. To understand what they are, you've come to the right place.  Fines in coffee extraction and flavor are often misunderstood. Let's break down fines' role, and their different impacts on espresso...

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The Pour Over Bloom - Coffee Pre-Infusion 08
May
The Pour Over Bloom - Coffee Pre-Infusion
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

The pour over bloom, a critical step in coffee brewing, involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds to release trapped gases, enhancing flavor and aroma. But do you know when to bloom? This article provides comprehensive information about blooming coffee to help you optimize your coffee brewing experience. What is...

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Espresso In Depth: Understanding Pressure and Flow 28
Apr
Espresso In Depth: Understanding Pressure and Flow
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

For espresso enthusiasts, there's nothing quite like watching syrupy coffee being pumped out of the machine. As we marvel at the transformation of our morning coffee into a cup of perfection, it's easy to forget what goes on behind the scenes. In reality, there's a lot that happens in those...

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How to Make Your Own Coffee Brewing Water 08
Apr
How to Make Your Own Coffee Brewing Water
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Do you love the taste of coffee from your favorite café but can't seem to replicate it at home? The culprit may be your tap water! Don't worry; there's a solution: make your own brewing water! It's a game-changer for anyone serious about brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Ready...

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5 Best Coffee Grinder for Filter and Pour Over (2024 Update) 09
Mar
5 Best Coffee Grinder for Filter and Pour Over (2024 Update)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

In this blog post, we introduce the top 5 coffee grinders of 2023 for filter coffee enthusiasts. Understanding that the right grinder is key to superior coffee, we provide detailed assessments of five market leaders to guide your selection process. The Importance of Quality Coffee Burrs In coffee grinders, burrs...

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Understanding Flat vs Conical Burr Grinders 23
Feb
Understanding Flat vs Conical Burr Grinders
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

It is widely held among coffee aficionados that a high-quality coffee grinder is an essential tool in the pursuit of exceptional coffee. Choosing the right grinder, however, involves a decision between two main types of burrs: the flat burr and the conical burr. In this article, we will take a...

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Storing Your Coffee Beans - The 3 Best Ways 17
Feb
Storing Your Coffee Beans - The 3 Best Ways
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Achieving the perfect cup of coffee isn't as easy as it seems, as it requires not only a meticulous brewing process but also the usage of fresh beans. In order to keep the freshness and delightful taste of your cherished coffee, you to store it in an appropriate manner. In...

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The Different Types of Coffee Drinks Explained 13
Feb
The Different Types of Coffee Drinks Explained
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Thrilled about your new espresso machine but unsure of various coffee drinks? Coffee shops offer a wide variety of beverages, which can be confusing. We'll elucidate the distinctions among popular coffee drinks to enhance your brewing experience and enjoyment. Different types of espresso-based drinks explained Understanding specialty coffee intricacies requires...

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Espresso, Impossible to Enjoy? 05
Feb
Espresso, Impossible to Enjoy?
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

After reading Dany Marquis' article yesterday on the Brulerie du Quai blog, I decided to take the time to analyze it and make a more constructive than emotional response. For an article that was intended to be informative, it made many people react. Including me! Being more of a filter...

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The Chemex: How a Simple Coffee Maker Became an Icon 23
Jan
The Chemex: How a Simple Coffee Maker Became an Icon
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

In 1941, German chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm created the Chemex, a glass coffee maker unlike any other. Its hourglass shape and thick filter paper allow for a more precise extraction process, resulting in a clean and flavorful cup of coffee. The Chemex became popular in the United States in the...

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The 7 Best Coffee Shops in Quebec City - A Guide for the Thirsty Traveler 18
Jan
The 7 Best Coffee Shops in Quebec City - A Guide for the Thirsty Traveler
1 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you’re looking for a caffeine fix during your travels to Quebec City, then you’ve come to the right place. Quebec City is a beautiful, vibrant city with a rich culture and history. And while it’s known for its history, there’s something else that Quebec City has to offer—a thriving...

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How To Use A French Press - Coffee Recipe 09
Jan
How To Use A French Press - Coffee Recipe
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

There’s a point in everyone’s coffee journey where we want the maximum experience out of the coffee that we enjoy. Part of the experience is finding out how exactly brewing methods change the cup dynamics of their favorite coffees. French Press is one of the staple brewing methods that everyone...

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Espresso Martini: Making a Frothy Classic for the Coffee Lovers 31
Dec
Espresso Martini: Making a Frothy Classic for the Coffee Lovers
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

What is an Espresso Martini? The signature Espresso Martini. This magical elixir has been jumpstarting nights, extending evenings, and reviving post-dinner spirits since the 1980s! Experience its delectable blend of energizing espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur for a unique pick-me-up - cheers to being pleasantly jolted awake with every sip....

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Lelit Bianca V3 Review: Does It Deliver What It Promises? 29
Dec
Lelit Bianca V3 Review: Does It Deliver What It Promises?
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

For coffee connoisseurs, the Lelit Bianca V3 is one of the hottest new espresso machines on the market. This machine has been hailed as a game-changer in the world of home espresso making, but does it deliver on its promises? Let's dive into what makes this brand so beloved by...

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The 7 Best Espresso Machine Under 500 (Updated for 2023) 16
Dec
The 7 Best Espresso Machine Under 500 (Updated for 2023)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Are you ready to take your love of coffee to the next level? Well then, it's time to become a home barista! Before you invest in an espresso machine, though, there are a few things you should know about making this bold caffeinated beverage. Don't worry - even if you're...

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The 7 Best Budget Espresso Grinders for 2024 13
Dec
The 7 Best Budget Espresso Grinders for 2024
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

So, you've decided to dive into espresso and you find yourself in a world of espresso machines and grinders. Well welcome, friend! Since the espresso world can be quite intimidating, let me just confirm right now that when it comes to espresso-making equipment, the grinder is just as important as...

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What is Third Wave Coffee? 10
Dec
What is Third Wave Coffee?
0 commentPost by : Louis-Charles Blais

Do you like coffee? If so, then you're probably familiar with the different waves of coffee. As one of the world's most popular beans, coffee has been through some note-worthy seasons. From the first coffee wave's commercialization, all the way to the third wave's sustainability and innovation, the mighty bean...

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11 Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers (Updated For 2023) 04
Dec
11 Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers (Updated For 2023)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Coffee lovers are known to be hard to find a gift for. If you are new to the coffee scene or don't know a lot about it, it can be daunting. Luckily for you, we made a like of the best coffee gift ideas. Whether your giftee is into pour-overs,...

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Bleached vs Unbleached Coffee Filters: What's the Difference? 18
Nov
Bleached vs Unbleached Coffee Filters: What's the Difference?
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

A lot goes into making good coffee, the beans, the grinder, and small things like coffee filters. Coffee filters might seem like a detail, but it makes a difference in the coffee you make. With metal, paper, and cloth filters available, how do you choose the right one? What's the...

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The Wet Weiss - WDT a Pour Over's Best Friend? 15
Nov
The Wet Weiss - WDT a Pour Over's Best Friend?
1 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

When it comes to brewing a perfect cup of coffee, there's no denying that agitation is key. That's why so many baristas prefer the pour-over method - it allows for a thorough saturation of the coffee grounds, leading to a better extraction and ultimately a tastier cup of joe. But...

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Fellow Ode Gen 2 Review - Has It Improved? 11
Nov
Fellow Ode Gen 2 Review - Has It Improved?
2 commentsPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

There's a new coffee grinder in town, meet the Fellow Ode Gen 2 - an update to one of the most hyped coffee grinders. Designed for the home barista and coffee experts alike. We'll go over its updates and features, how it compares to the first generation, and if it's...

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How to Choose a Pour Over Dripper 06
Nov
How to Choose a Pour Over Dripper
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you're a coffee lover, chances are you've heard of the V60 dripper. The V60 is a conical coffee dripper that's popular for its flexibility and ability to produce a clean cup of coffee. The type of dripper you choose can completely change the flavor of your coffee. So if...

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The Most Expensive Coffee - A New World Record! 31
Oct
The Most Expensive Coffee - A New World Record!
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

We all know that specialty coffee can be expensive. Have you ever wondered how much people are willing to pay for premium coffee? Recently, the record was set for the most expensive coffee sold. Hint, it's not the infamous Kopi Luwak. If you're interested in knowing what's the most expensive...

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Specialty Coffee Guide - How to Buy 27
Oct
Specialty Coffee Guide - How to Buy
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Let's face it, most of us are addicted to coffee. If you're new to buying coffee or want to buy better coffee, it can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many choices! Light roast or dark? Strength? Tasting notes? Where should you even buy coffee?! There's an entire world of...

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What is Espresso Channeling?  How to Fix it! 22
Oct
What is Espresso Channeling? How to Fix it!
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

You know those times when you go to make espresso and water just starts shooting out of the portafilter instead of going through the coffee? Yeah, that’s called channeling and it’s the bane of every espresso lover's existence. Channeling makes for a less than satisfactory espresso. So, what is this...

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How to Steam Milk: A Comprehensive Guide 21
Oct
How to Steam Milk: A Comprehensive Guide
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Ever find yourself at a coffee shop, watching the barista steam milk and thinking, Wow, I wish I could do that! Well, you can! With a couple of simple steps and a little practice, you'll be making barista-quality milk. And who knows, maybe one day you'll be the one making lattes...

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3 Types of Coffee Processing Methods - Honey, Natural & Washed 19
Oct
3 Types of Coffee Processing Methods - Honey, Natural & Washed
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you're a coffee lover, chances are you've heard of terms like natural processed, washed, or honey-processed coffees - but what do these terms actually mean? Different processing methods can result in coffee with different flavor profiles, so it's worth understanding the basics of coffee processing before you buy your...

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Coffee Sustainability & Ethical Issues In The Coffee Industry 19
Oct
Coffee Sustainability & Ethical Issues In The Coffee Industry
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

For many of us, coffee is an indispensable part of the day, it's that cup or three that gets us going in the morning, and several more to keep our focus during long hours at work. Yet, the journey of coffee, from plantations across the globe to our cups, many...

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The 5 Best Coffee Shops in Sherbrooke 18
Oct
The 5 Best Coffee Shops in Sherbrooke
2 commentsPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Sherbrooke is home to some great coffee shops. Whether you're looking for a place to get some work done, a unique atmosphere, or just the best cup of coffee around, there's a spot for you. Whether you're a local looking for a new place to grab your morning coffee or...

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Guide to Dialing in Espresso - A Simple Guide for Beginners 14
Oct
Guide to Dialing in Espresso - A Simple Guide for Beginners
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Making espresso at home can be a mystery, but with our guide, you'll learn the art of grinding coffee beans and dialing in your espresso. The size of your grind affects the brewing method, flavor, and caffeine content, so let us help you perfect your at-home espresso game. How to...

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No Crema On Espresso? (3 Reasons Why & How to Fix it) 13
Oct
No Crema On Espresso? (3 Reasons Why & How to Fix it)
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

You've probably seen headlines such as The Importance of Coffee Crema for the Perfect Espresso or heard that espresso crema is the key to a good cup of espresso. But what exactly is crema, and is it so important? Unfortunately, there's a bit of misinformation out there about crema. Let's...

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Do Espresso Puck Screens Make a Difference? 11
Oct
Do Espresso Puck Screens Make a Difference?
1 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

In today’s article I'll talk about the experiments I've done with my staff on espresso puck screens. I don’t know about you but I’m a curious person and wanted to know if using a puck screen make a difference. Now, I will give you essential information on espresso puck screens...

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5 Mistakes You're Making With Espresso 06
Oct
5 Mistakes You're Making With Espresso
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Are you contemplating the purchase of a home espresso machine or have you already procured one but are struggling to attain a barista-quality espresso from the comfort of your abode? The taste of espresso, with its well-balanced and nutty coffee flavor, coupled with a velvety finish, is undeniably scrumptious. Alas,...

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Single Dosing Coffee - Everything You Need to Know 02
Oct
Single Dosing Coffee - Everything You Need to Know
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Single-dose coffee systems are becoming more and more popular. If you're looking for a way to improve your morning coffee, then this is the perfect solution for you.  The following article will give you all the information you need about single-dosing coffee while explaining its benefits. Single Dosing: What Is...

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3 Steps to Espresso Preparation: Cleanliness, Distribution Tools & Tampers 24
Sep
3 Steps to Espresso Preparation: Cleanliness, Distribution Tools & Tampers
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

Nothing beats the aroma, nutty flavor, and smooth finish of an expertly crafted demitasse of espresso. But getting there is a challenge, requiring a balance of fine grounds, careful preparation, and perfect timing. This article will outline the three most important steps for making the most of your fresh grounds...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Espresso - Make it at Home 21
Sep
A Beginner’s Guide to Espresso - Make it at Home
0 commentPost by : Jasmin Tétreault

If you’re new to the world of espresso, this guide is for you. With the right tools and a little practice, you can create delicious, Italian-style espressos right in your kitchen. In this post, we will go over the basics of how to make espresso, from choosing the right equipment...

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